Are Hearing Aids Covered By Medicare?

Are Hearing Aids Covered By Medicare?

Medicare is a government health insurance program for people 65 years of age and older, and for disabled people of all ages. Medicare does not cover hearing aids, but it does cover the costs of batteries for hearing aids. For more information about Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov.

What if I do not have insurance, can I apply for the Starkey Foundation?

If you do not have insurance, you can complete the insurance application and submit it to the Starkey Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact the Starkey Foundation at 1-877-690-1012 and ask for an application. You may also download a copy of the application.

How do I know that the Starkey Foundation is a legitimate organization?

The Starkey Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established by and is operated under the direction of the Starkey Hearing Technologies, Inc. (Starkey). For more information about Starkey, visit www.starkey.com.

How does the Starkey Foundation make decisions about who should receive a hearing aid?

The Starkey Foundation was created in 1986 to directly provide hearing aids to qualified individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, or have medical coverage that does not include hearing aids. The Starkey Foundation uses a rigorous application process to identify and distribute hearing aids to those in need. The Foundation also has a strict policy against providing hearing aids to any individual who has received one from the Foundation in the last two years.

What kind of hearing aids can I receive through the Starkey Foundation?

The Foundation provides the latest digital hearing aid technology. Each hearing aid user must be fitted for a hearing aid on an individual basis.

How many hearing aids can I receive through the Starkey Foundation?

The Foundation provides either two hearing aids or one hearing aid and one set of hearing aids batteries for each ear per year.

How long will I receive a hearing aid from the Starkey Foundation?

There is no time limit on how long a hearing aid user can receive aid from the Foundation. The Foundation has a strict policy against providing aid to any individual who has received aid from the Foundation in the last two years.

If I have already received aid from the Starkey Foundation, can I get more?

The Starkey Foundation does not provide aid to any individual who has received aid from the Foundation in the last two years.

Does the Starkey Foundation provide any other aid?

The Foundation also provides information and education to the public about hearing health issues in order to increase awareness of the need for hearing health care and the availability of appropriate care.

Who is responsible for the cost of fitting and maintaining my hearing aids?

The Starkey Foundation is responsible for providing the hearing aids and the Starkey Hearing Foundation must also be contacted for all maintenance and repair services. For more information about hearing aid maintenance, contact the Starkey Hearing Foundation at 1-877-690-1012 or visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Can I apply for aid again if my application is denied?

You may reapply for aid from the Starkey Foundation one year from the date of the Foundation's denial of your application.

Can I apply for aid through the Starkey Foundation if I have a temporary condition that makes it difficult for me to purchase hearing aids?

Yes, you may apply for aid through the Foundation if you have a temporary condition that prevents you from purchasing hearing aids. A temporary condition generally refers to an illness, injury, or condition that is not permanent, that is by definition temporary or is expected to be cured.

If I am in need of hearing aids, can I apply for aid through the Starkey Foundation if I am still within the warranty period of my hearing aids?

Yes, you may apply for aid through the Foundation if you are still within the warranty period of your hearing aids.

Will I have to pay for the hearing aids if I am not approved for aid?

No, you will not be charged for the hearing aids if the Starkey Foundation denies your application.

What if I have hearing aids from a previous application that were not covered by my insurance?

If you have hearing aids from a previous application with the Starkey Foundation, you will be asked to return them. The Foundation will then either return the aids or donate them to a non-profit hearing aid organization.

Can I return my hearing aids to the Starkey Foundation if I am not approved for aid?

Yes, you will be able to return your hearing aids for a refund within six (6) months of the date on which you are notified of the Board's decision.

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